George Killian's Irish Red
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

George Killian's Irish RedGeorge Killian's Irish Red
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Style:
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #175
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
71
Ranked #47,991
Avg:
3.06 | pDev: 19.61%
Reviews:
868
Ratings:
3,159
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Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Photo of JayMacarus
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Was introduced to Killians by surprise one day and admittedly enjoyed! A dark colored beer with a very faint smell. The taste is better than expected considering it was shelved near other cheeper, domestic beers. Feel was nothing unusual, and after tones were typical for a large scale brew. Would recommend for someone looking for a good turn in domestic bottles.

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Photo of Tantonys
3.61/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another blast from the past now brewed by Coors
I've always liked it.
Maybe not as heavy as you would expect from an Irish brew
mild copper, slightly caramelized malt with some adjuncts?
Probably some MGo corn..., I recon.
Decent crisp bitter hops w/o much aroma.
Irish heritage comes through,
yet not enough single malt to be true.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - deep red amber color. Small foam head fades rapidly to a small amount of glass lacing
Smell - Sweet caramel, some cherry, and crackers. Can tell there is some adjunct.
Taste - The style calls for the beer to be sweet and it is very sweet. It doesn't have any real bitterness. I think cherry is the main flavor, as it in some ways is similar to Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. It goes down smooth but the carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, it's not that far off from American macro lagers but it does have a distinct flavor. It may not be the most exciting beer but it's easy to drink, it's sweet, and once in a while it's not bad to have a few. Grade is a B.

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Photo of SmokySignals
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My head chef got me onto Killian's in the late 90's, by leaving ice cold pitchers for me in the walk in freezer! After a long night of 2 guy hot line, it was awesome! Nice color and head, easy to slam (not a ton of flavor)

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Photo of Urtravel
4.86/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: ruby color with frothy two finger head and lace that lasts
S: sweet malty smell that lingers
T: follows smell but with tingly carbonation that penetrates tongue
F: very smooth going down
O: a great Irish red

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.06/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 10/17/19.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with a two finger, fluffy, wheat colored head, cap retention and solid rings of lacing.
S: A little tangy and funky on pour, but resolving to a spicy, caramel, toffee, slightly peppery nose.
T: Sweet. Flavors of caramel/molasses malts and toffee. Light, balancing bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and slightly creamy.
O: Have had Killian's many, many times, but a first time for reviewing it. Flavorful, smooth and delicious. Not a great aroma up front, but really a very nice brew overall, especially given the price point.

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Photo of RonHen
4.61/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not being a beer snob and going just for the refreshment and taste aspect of this beer, it is , by far, the finest in its price range. It blows away Budweiser, Corona, Heineken, Miller and the like. Leaves no lingering bitter aftertaste, or overly hoppy blandness on the back of your tongue. I agree it doesn't present a long, frothy head, but that sort of beer is the kind you drink on special occasions, or with friends at a bar. Similarly, you don't break out the champagne to enjoy a simple, mellow wine with dinner, do you?
However, if you can afford it, go ahead. Waste your money.

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Photo of ChrisBeerDrinker94
4.24/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good. I’ve never had this beer before or even thought about buying it but it was a good price. Smells of dark, toasted malts. The taste is caramel, chocolate and hops finished with a warm malt flavor in the back of your throat. Awesome, refreshing session beer.

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Photo of SAUbrewcrew
3.67/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Really different, indescribable flavor but also good. Enjoyed every sip I took. Goes down smooth with a slight aftertaste, but really not all that bad. Recommend trying in the near future.

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Photo of detgfrsh
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Copper color with minimal head. Faint malty smell. Light feel. Tastes of caramel/toasted malt with a little bit of hop bitterness. Mild and inoffensive, but not particularly interesting.

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Photo of spectru
3.02/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear deep amber, thin white head recedes quickly. After a few minutes there is not hint of a head at all; a rich fruity aroma; not much flavor; mouthfeel is meh, medium carbonation; Flavor and mouthfeel don't live up to the aroma; appearance would score higher if it had a head. It's not awful. I wouldn't turn it down if served, but it's pretty mediocre.

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Photo of ML123
4.67/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After traveling the world many times over for over 30 years, there’s nothing better then a cold Killian’s draft in a chilled frosted glass after an 8 mile run. It’s smooth, flavorful yet not overpowering, crisp with no unpleasant aftertaste and a great thirst quencher. Unlike most beers that try to impress you with funky flavors, lingering aftertastes or other various come-ons to lure the novice drinkers, Killian’s achieves greatness with its outstanding quality, purity of taste and consistently satisfying the palette. Its hands down the best beer with your favorite pizza.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap...of course...Interesting to come back to an old former-favorite and rate it.

Pours a clear reddish amber with lots of a bubbles and a solid rocky head.

The aromas are simple and sweet, but fairly muted. Toasted caramel malt, with grainy and floral background notes. Just a hint of "sour" as the brew warms.

The flavor is not overly complex, but is solid and straight. Toasted/grainy malts with some diacetyl sweetness, and a bit of fruitiness as well. Hints of floral hops to provide balance. Nothing stands out, but nothing offends either.

More body than an AAL, but not quite medium bodied. Clean, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

A solid, malty, earthy brew that is very drinkable, despite its lack of defining character.

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Photo of MetalHead7734
1.54/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Very transparent. The head has minimal retention. The smell leaves something to be desired. The taste isn't great but I get an odd flavor of chalk which further ruins this already crappy beer. The mouthfeel is watery. I would not recommend this.

Side note: Beer Advocate lists the ABV as 4.90% but my bottle says 5.4%.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly nice, safe red lager with some good flavors. Pours a deeper copper color with minimal head retention and scant lacing. Smells mainly of malt, grain and some faint corn. Tastes follows the nose, and there’s really no hoppy bitterness, just sweeter malt in the foreground. Smooth thin mild mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: Crystal clear reddish amber. Half a finger of white fizzy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Bread dough, a little spicy hops, brown sugar.

Taste: Bready. Almost has a corn note to the malt, which makes me wonder if this is padded out with corn like other Coors products. Really no hops at all.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: While not a bad beer, it promises a lot that it just doesn't deliver on. Despite the name, this has little to no connection to the authentic George Killian's beer except the name and is simply a way to cash in on fake history.

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Photo of JDMOTHERD
1.64/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

I'm no beer snob but this beer needs help it smelled and tasted like an old basement. For the price I paid I had expected more from this. This had no touch to it. I would of rather bought natural light or ice. Dont buy it is absolutely disgusting.

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer was part of a blind taste test I was involved in during college. It smelled so bad it made it hard to drink. I haven't had it since, so if maybe that was a one-off, or has improved, I might be off on this one

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Photo of JohnCal
2.4/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

In my opinion, this is too watery, like soda pop. The head vanishes immediately. I bought a 6 of it, drank 1 or 2, and poured out the rest. I would not drink this again.

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Photo of EMH73
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear red-amber with a poorly retained white head that left no lacing. Smells of sweet malts. Tastes of sweet malt, a bit of a hop bite and caramel. An offensive aftertaste is present. Light bodied, minimal carbonation, watery mouth feel.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +63.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, one of the more interesting out there in the way of macro brews. I am always delighted to get this one out of a tap. The caramel notes are great along with some of the other flavors going on that are subtle, great introduction to a Vienna style or red lager.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, twist off crown, best by date OCT0118... poured into a straight-sided clear glass mug)

L: impeccably-clear, reddish, tea-colored liquid; finger-width high foam stand on pour, breaks down to loose collar... virtually no lacing

S: relatively heavy malt-forward aromas, certainly with some medium crystal malt coming through as well as a slight hint of toasted grain - not altogether too dissimilar than the Bass ale they make over in New England... perhaps a faint earthy, piney hop squeaking out... overall potency moderate

T: relatively-rich mid-dark malt character, featuring a medium-dark caramel up front, dry in the finish, with a mild-moderate biting hop bitterness providing a little balance, all rounded out by a subtle black-peppery / smoky edge... a couple sips in though, the aftertaste basically comes across like a malt liquor with some caramel coloring/flavoring added

F: light-medium bodied (thicker at its back end) to its body with soft sizzle in its carbonation (burps do occur)... somewhat dry, but not necessarily crisp - couldn't see it cutting through fatty foods all that sharply

O: arguably drinks like in between an ale and lager; better than I'd expected it to be (having last had this over 20 years ago)... I could see having one of these again if it was the best thing available, but would best opt to have a pint with a bacon burger and some steak fries (A1 for dipping)... lumped into the category it's in, Yuengling is superior, because at least that has some subtly unique character, while this tastes very much like a nondescript, industrial concoction

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Photo of Nass
2.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the first american amber lagers that I tried. It's sort of boring and tastes sort of bitter. It is worth a try if you never had an amber lager before. Quickly, I learned that this is not the beer style for me. Cheers! C

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Photo of Zopiac
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, creamy, not overly complex but has everything I'd look for in a common drinking beer. Good colour, decent head that dissipates in due time. Medium-bodied, fruity smell. Could be more hearty and full.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

20 + years since I’ve drank a Killian’s Irish Red. Picked it out purely out of curiosity.
Pours a clear amber red color. A wisp of a head quickly dissipates.
Sweet aroma with odd fruity and vinous malt notes; can’t put my finger on it...is it cherry syrup? This gives way to a bready nose that is more pleasant.
Malt forward with a light sweetness and the faintest touch of hops for balance. Thin bodied with a very clean finish. The dryness makes it somewhat drinkable. It kind of grew on me, albeit unremarkable overall.

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 3159 ratings